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Black and Bright

by longshot762



Date Published

Feb. 16, 2019

Date Built

Feb. 8, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I don't build myself a computer but once every 5-7 years or so. I decided to go a bit flashy with this build. Lots of RGB LED lighting, some by choice, some not. The Corsair H115i is a great cooler, ever for the 9700k that runs hot as hades. The MSI gaming Z 8G has the highest turbo clock speed of the MSI RTX 2070's, so I chose that card over, for a balance between longevity and power (I don't game in 4K).

I'll be re-seating my heatsink to the CPU and testing out a couple different thermal pastes in an effort to bring the CPU temp down under load. More to come.

Thanks for taking a look!

Part Reviews


Runs very hot. Can hit 80C under load. But still incredibly fast.

Video Card

What can I say, it runs beautifully, and handles anything I play. Farcry 5, Division, CSGO, Wolfenstein II, all 144fps at max settings.

This card weighs 3.3lbs but does come with a support bracket. Fair warning: you MUST have 2 open slots beneath this card for the bracket to fit. It doesn't fit over an installed card (like a Sound Blaster card, for example...)


I absolutely love this case. I took a star off for two reasons. First, the inside is a little small for a full ATX case. Second, some people may not like the way cable management is set up. The shroud that sits in the bottom of the case does not leave room for cable routing. Because of this, some plugs were routed through the middle instead of from the bottom of the tray, which would've been neater. The case comes with a controller for keeping all the RGB fans in sync, and the remote can change color and/or disable RGB fans. The tempered glass is tinted, and very clean and neat as well, but kind of a fingerprint magnet. I would absolutely recommend this case to a friend.

Sound Card

I've been a Sound Blaster fan since the first card came out some 17 years ago. This card boasts an amplified headphone port for those demanding wired headsets on the market, and crystal clear audio and surround. The RGB lighting is pretty cool looking too. Comes with a LED strip that plugs into the card.

Comments Sorted by:

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Remove before gaming, so I can use CAD with the label on it, just not game. Got it.

longshot762 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I mean, that IS what it says. And your statement is accurate, technically. Haha

VorpalEclipse90 1 point 2 months ago

Is there slits in the PSU shroud for air if a fan is in that bottom mount?

longshot762 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Short answer is no, there are no slits in the shroud.

The case is designed to have the PSU fan facing the bottom. There is a filtered vent along the bottom that will accommodate any consumer-grade PSU. The case is raised so that adequate airflow can get in underneath.

Paolosworld 1 point 1 month ago

Are the front case fans at all choked?

longshot762 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 days ago

Definitely not. The side panels of the case have openings for good ventilation, but the wire management features in this case are lack luster. The only thing affecting airflow would be the lack of wire management features on the lower part of the case.

Paolosworld 1 point 27 days ago

Ah, okay thank you! I was considering changing this case because of my speculations about the airflow, so thank you for clearing that up.